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#16 Old 07-09-2012, 01:55 PM
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Harbor Freight sells spring compressors for $15. They were on sale for $10 when I bought them in the store and I had a 20% off coupon, so $8. They work well if you oil the threads a little with some WD-40 so the threads don't bind. They did the job and I've used them again on an EVO spring install. Cheap insurance to keep you from taking a spring to the face.

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Amazon.com: OEM 25550 Strut Spring Compressor: Home Improvement Amazon.com: OEM 25550 Strut Spring Compressor: Home Improvement

That's the one I plan to get when I need to get one.

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Cool links, but when it comes time to upgrade mine I will be doing the two person, fingers crossed method like I did with my wifes car. It worked for me, maybe I just have that dumb luck. But I do agree that they are handy to have and wouldnt hurt.

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Are you talking about having one person put all their weight on the top and the other does the nut?

I did try that with a buddies Baja (albeit a different spring) and it didn't work very well... hahaha

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Are you talking about having one person put all their weight on the top and the other does the nut?

I did try that with a buddies Baja (albeit a different spring) and it didn't work very well... hahaha
I bet it worked out better than the boulder. But, seriously I'd use a spring compressor if its that cheap to buy or just rent one.

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Here we go.

Boulder < no oil in my car



1 time accident vs. neglect over time....

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I pushed down on the top hat/spring while my buddy pushed down and loosened/tightened the nut. Funny thing is Im one of the only stock suspensioned subies around here. And all of them have done what I did with my wifes car. Idk must be that "special" strength, lol.

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Wow, thanks for all the replies everyone, this was very helpful!

I've studied the forums a lot, and I've found that the best non-coilover option is the Bilstein/RCE setup. I gave Myles a call and got on the list of people to notify when he gets more of those in stock. I think it's better to wait on that part than to do anything else (the Koni's don't appeal to me very much.)

I've read that the Bilstein setup isn't quite designed for the 2011 model and that I will need some kind of tophat to get it to fit. It was also said that it will affect my camber. Could anyone explain the consequences of buying that part to me, and where I can find the tophat that will fit my car?

For now, I think I'm going to start with RCE swaybars with Kartboy links. Looking forward to getting the suspension more in check!
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Here we go.

Boulder < no oil in my car



1 time accident vs. neglect over time....
Not neglect over time...one time was too much.

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